I thought a little review of 2017 in pictorial form would be a nice thing to do, little did I realise how hard it would be to pick 1 image per month to feature in the blog this turned out to be impossible and so I thought ok expand it to 3 and even this was a massive challenge; boy I do take quite a few images in a year!
But not to be deterred here goes a month by month review with 3 images taken in that particular month with a brief recap on where I went and what I saw along the way. I do hope you enjoy!
Hover your mouse / finger over an image and if a title appears then this means it is linked to a blog - click away folks!
Just love a Sanderling, this one is from Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire!
A small group of Bearded Tits were seen at close quarter at RSPB Langford Lowfields.
Waxwings always a bird worth twitching, I saw them in 4 different locations in 2017.
A week in the sun on the island of Tenerife led to a lifer or 2, here 1 of them; a Blue Crowned Conure.
A trip to Attenborough Nature Reserve gave up close views of Red Crested Pochard among others.
A wonderful time was had by many a birder at Willow Tree Fen when this little beauty appeared! My first seen in the UK.
Usually the Sparrowhawks visiting our garden are nervous and disappear as soon as they see a human, but not this bird!
Am lucky to get Lesser Redpoll, Siskin & Brambling visit the garden in winter, sometimes the Redpoll's look like Mealy's!
Frampton Marsh in the winter sunlight is a wonderful place you can get great views of all sorts like this Brent Goose.
The time the winter visitors leave the garden space, this bird left its mark though - WOW!
Murcia - 68 species with 6 being lifers, cool!
Beautiful Bempton Cliffs - now an annual pilgrimage.
A lovely local patch Marston Sewage Works Marsh Harrier.
Our garden is blessed with visits by several different species throughout the year - have had 4 Stock Dove visit at once.
Hunstanton Norfolk, a great place for a little birding plus you can get chips!
Driving around Lincolnshire you sometimes get to photograph the majesty of a Red Kite.
A 3 day trip to the Farne Islands lead to over 2,500 images taken with too many to include just 2 showing above, Eider and Puffin. 2 links above with many different images in each blog.
The garden is yet again a source for joy when the young birds begin to appear in it like this Robin.
Not an easy avian subject to capture successfully but managed a pleasing Swallow image when on holiday in Weymouth.
The campsite we stayed near Weymouth once again delivered nice views of Mediterranean Gulls.
Thailand again for me this month and another half a dozen lifers - above a Hoopoe which was not 1 of them.
Purple Swamphen seen at Bueng But Nature Education Centre was a lifer though.
The hotel grounds in Hua Hin gave up not 1 but 2 Spotted Owlet, wonderful little birds. Over 70 species seen and 6 lifers plus a great holiday - result!
An early visit to the local patch after some information on Whinchat from a birding pal lead to some great views of Chiffchaff too.
The garden delivered once again this time a lovely pair of Coal Tit buzzed around the place for a while.
Not a lot of birding this month but a great day again was had at Hunstanton when at hight tide a close encounter with a lovely Purple Sandpiper was had.
As usual good views of the delightful and overlooked Turnstone were had.
Marston once again was visited and this time my 1st in flight pic of a Green Sandpiper was bagged, distant but still nice!
A 3 day long tour of Lincolnshire in the motorhome ended this month for me and what a great time I had, plus 2 more lifers click linked photos above to read the blogs for days 1 and 2 and day 3 blog here >> Day 3 Lincs tour
Local patch Marston once again looking for Stonechat, none were seen but had close views of Reed Bunting etc.
At home the Lesser Redpoll numbers are growing, now at 10 in total, I hope this grows even more to match the 30 plus we had a couple of years back.